ERBIL — The US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition Battling Islamic State (IS), Brett McGurk, has welcomed Baghdad’s decision to lift a flight ban it had imposed on the Kurdistan Region.
“Welcome the reopening of international airports in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, the result of dogged diplomacy over many months,” McGurk said on his Twitter account.
“Important step towards post-ISIS stability, which requires a strong and unified KRG within the constitutional framework of Iraq.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Tuesday that Baghdad and Erbil have reached an agreement that allows the resumption of international flights to the Kurdistan Region.
Kurdistan Region Premier Nechirvan Barzani later confirmed the re-opening of airports is set for Thursday.